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Everything You Need To Know About Removing Mold From Drywall

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Mold is a fungus that serves many purposes. If water damage has caused mold to grow on your drywall, be aware that it has destructive properties and can be harmful to your health. The structure of the home and the home's inhabitants will be at risk as the mold settles and becomes airborne. Unfortunately, mold can grow on almost any surface, given the right environment. It likes to grow anywhere that is dark and damp. This makes water-damaged drywall a breeding ground for mold. The question is: what do you do if you find mold on your drywall? 

Painted Drywall

If the drywall is painted, the mold would be confined to the surface of the paint. In this case, regular cleaning solution such as soap and water is sufficient for removing the mold. There are numerous commercial products on the market specifically for mold. In addition, there are natural methods, which include vinegar, Tea tree oil, baking soda, grapefruit seed extract, hydrogen peroxide, borax solution, and a combination solution of vinegar and borax.

After gathering the necessary supplies for removing the mold, you will need to prepare the area.  When removing mold from drywall, you will need to wipe the area with the cleaning solution and rinse with a rag wet with warm water.  If there are still visible signs of mold, repeat the process.  Once you are sure the mold has been removed from the surface, use a fan to help in the drying process.

Unpainted Drywall

When mold is found on drywall that is not painted, you will need to replace the area affected by the mold, because drywall is porous and the mold can permeate beyond the surface.  Cutting out the moldy section will give you the opportunity to investigate the extent of the mold under the drywall. Special precautions are required when removing drywall that has extensive mold on it, drywall that is unpainted, and drywall that has mold that is widespread underneath the surface. For extensive mold on or under the drywall, it would be best to consult a professional.

Professional Qualifications

Consulting a professional to remove mold from your home can be challenging; however, you can narrow your choices by knowing what questions to ask. You can also consult with one or two of your local major chain retail home improvement stores who can recommend remediation professional with whom they contract. Because the chain store's reputation is on the line, their contractors are usually reliable and trustworthy.

Speak with a business like Fire & Flood Services Inc to learn more.